Modern Films & the Kering Foundation announce finalists & jury for ’16 DAYS 16 FILMS’ initiative

Modern Films and the Kering Foundation have announced the 16 finalists and jury members for the third annual 16 DAYS 16 FILMS initiative. This short film competition platforms female filmmakers and their films, which explore, emote, and educate on forms of violence against women.

Inspired by the UN Women campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, the initiative will run online from 25 November to 10 December 2020, between the International Day for  the Elimination of Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day.

16 finalists have been chosen from over 350 submissions from the UK, Ireland, France, Italy and for the first time, from Mexico and the United States. All films are directed by a female-identifying filmmaker, are 20 minutes or under, and speak powerfully to the many forms which gender-based violence, inequality and discrimination can take.

This year’s independent jury includes an array of women from various creative and socio-political backgrounds, including film producer Barbara Broccoli (James Bond); actress, and social justice humanitarian Ashley Judd; social activist and psychotherapist Dr. Leyla Hussein; producer and writer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Blue Story); actress Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac); actress and producer Julie Gayet (Raw); actress Anna Friel (Marcella); stunt performer and intimacy coordinator Teniece Divya Johnson (Succession); Director Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady); Journalist and author Terri White; Director Sarah Gavron (Rocks); actress Jasmine Trinca (La Dea Fortuna); Writer Abi Morgan (Suffragette); Director and Actress Tamara Yazbek Bernal (After Lucia); journalist Chiara Tronville; Promundo CEO Gary Barker; Kering Foundation Executive Director Céline Bonnaire; and UK Says No More Partnership Manager Sarah D’Angelis.

This year’s 16 DAYS 16 FILMS finalists are:

Absent (UK)

dir. Libby Burke Wilde

Alejandra, I Love You (Mex)

dir. Minerva R. Bolaños

Backwards God (USA)

dir. Natalie Cook

Ballet After Dark (USA)

dir. B.Monét

Blossom (Fr)

dirs. Lysa Lamorisse, Cannelle Anglade, Ethel Harnie-Coussau

Expensive Shit (UK)

dir. Adura Onashile

Eyes Down (UK)

dir. Charlotte Daniel

Good Thanks, You? (UK)

dir. Molly Manning Walker

Halwa (USA)

dirs. Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta

Heart Eyes and a World (UK)

dir. Rosie Morris

Her Song (Ire)

dirs. Éabha Bortolozzo, Jack Kirwan

Paperthin (USA)

dir. Lucía Florez

The Bush School (Italy)

dir. Emanuela Zuccalà

The Road is a Red Thread (Mex)

dir. Melissa Elizondo Moreno

Thread (USA)

dir. Yuri Jang

Time & Days (It)

dir. Alessia Buiatti

One finalist short film will be released per day during the 16 days, on The films will also be shared by the specialist non-profit organisations supporting this campaign: Chayn Italia in Italy, En avant toute(s) in France, Fondo Semillas in Mexico, NNEDV in the U.S, as well as  the UK Says No More campaign in the UK.

The initiative will conclude with a streamed online event and Awards Announcement on 16 December, hosted in partnership with Girls on Film and moderated by British film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith.

An independent jury will be responsible for choosing the winning filmmaker and two runners up, with each of the three receiving a cash prize. The first-place winner will also receive the opportunity to create a new public service announcement for UK Says No More, a national campaign focused on raising awareness and preventing domestic abuse and sexual violence in the UK.

The Awards Event will conclude with the announcement of the new 16 DAYS 16 FILMS Audience Award, where voting for the award will be available between 10 and 14 December on the 16 Days 16 Films website.

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